Archive For The “Southern History” Category

Today in Southern History: First In Flight

Today in Southern History: First In Flight

17 December 1903  On this date in 1903… Orville and Wilbur Wright took the first successful man-powered airplane flights at Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Other Years: 1777 – France recognized American independence.  1821 – Kentucky abolished debtors’ prisons. 1860 – The South Carolina Secession Convention convened at First Baptist Church in…

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Today in Southern History: The New Madrid Quake

Today in Southern History: The New Madrid Quake

16 December 1811  On this date in 1811… The New Madrid earthquake swarm began with two quakes of an estimated 7.5 -7.9 magnitude in Northeastern Arkansas. They remain the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The earthquakes rang church bells as far away as…

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Biased reporting in Brownsville

Biased reporting in Brownsville

Valley Morning Star – I am dismayed. We all hear of media biasness, and we have come to expect it from national media sources, be that MSNBC, CNN, ABC or FOX, but somehow we the people expect better when it comes to media outlets close to home.This is not the case in the article written…

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President Pence or President Clinton?

President Pence or President Clinton?

by Al Benson Jr. Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America It’s no secret that the Deep State (the Great Swamp) wants Donald Trump gone and they will do whatever they have to that such an arrangement might be formulated and moved forward. There are some loony Leftist zealots that want the entire election…

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Today in Southern History: The Hartford Convention

Today in Southern History: The Hartford Convention

15 December 1814  On this date in 1814… Due to dissatisfaction with the War of 1812, delegates from five New England states met in secret meetings at the Hartford Convention and threatened to secede from the United States and set up their own country.  No invasion or war followed. Other Years: 1791 – The new…

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Today in Southern History: The Southern Sport

Today in Southern History: The Southern Sport

14 December 1947  On this date in 1947… The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in Daytona Beach, Florida, finally giving moonshine haulers and hot-rodders a legal way to make a living.  Other Years: 1703 – A small Carolina militia of 50 men led by Colonel James Moore, and almost 1,000…

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Christmas As War

Christmas As War

by Al Benson Jr. It is an obvious fact now that, for several years, there has been a subtle (and often not-so subtle) effort underway to de-Christianize Christmas. The politically correct among us would never dare utter those forbidden words “Merry Christmas.” Utterly unthinkable! We must all be programmed to say “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s…

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Today in Southern History: Fredricksburg

Today in Southern History: Fredricksburg

13 December 1862  On this date in 1962… Federal General Ambrose E. Burnside wasted 12,653 of his own troops in a doomed frontal attack during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Other Years: 1801 – In treaty negotiations at Fort Adams, Mississippi, the U.S. agreed to give the Choctaw training in the spinning of cotton, and…

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Today in Southern History: Stand Watie

Today in Southern History: Stand Watie

12 December 1806  On this date in 1806… Standhope Uwatie, better known as Cherokee Confederate General and principal Chief Stand Watie was born in Oothcaloga, Cherokee Nation. (now Calhoun, Georgia) Other Years: 1729 – The Yazoo Indians, having joined the Natchez in their war on the French, attacked Fort St. Pierre in southern Louisiana. They…

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Today in Southern History: The Mighty Boll Weevil

Today in Southern History: The Mighty Boll Weevil

11 December 1919  On this date in 1919… The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil, thanking the insect  for forcing economic diversification in the cotton belt. Other Years: 1775 – Virginia and North Carolina Patriots routed Loyalist troops and burned Norfolk, Virginia.  1833 – Captain Page and almost 700 Choctaw…

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Obama Thinks He Should Still Be President (Hillary thinks it’s her turn now)

Obama Thinks He Should Still Be President (Hillary thinks it’s her turn now)

by Al Benson Jr. Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America King Barack I thinks he should still be president. The two term limit for the office of president should apply to all other candidates except him, even over Hillary, who would also like to be president for life–Queen Hillary I!  And so these two would-be…

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Today in Southern History: Faulkner Wins Nobel

Today in Southern History: Faulkner Wins Nobel

10 December 1950   On this date in 1950… William Faulkner, the greatest writer produced by the United States in the 20th century, accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm, Sweden. Other Years: 1817 – Mississippi became the 20th U.S. state. 1836: Approximately 1600 Creeks walking the Trail of Tears arrived at Fort Gibson, in eastern Indian…

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Today in Southern History: The Natchez Seek Allies

Today in Southern History: The Natchez Seek Allies

9 December 1729  On this date in 1729… The Natchez tribe sent two delegates to visit the Tunica, requesting that they join them in their fourth war against the French. The Tunica refused to participate and escaped the ultimate decimation of the Natchez. Other Years: 1778 – Virginia annexed all Indian lands inside the new…

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Today in Southern History: Elvis Live

Today in Southern History: Elvis Live

8 December 1968  On this date in 1968… NBC aired a special program titled “Elvis” featuring performances by the artist dressed in black leather. The widely viewed television special renewed of Presley’s stalled musical career. Other Years: 1780 – John Sevier, and volunteers from North Carolina, defeated the Chickamauga band of Cherokee at Boyd’s Creek,…

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Blood and Soil: How Southerners Became a Separate and Distinct People 

Blood and Soil: How Southerners Became a Separate and Distinct People 

Identity Dixie – Why is there a “South”? What is this place we call the South? What makes it different from other parts of the United States? Many years ago, the Alabama writer Clarence Cason wrote that the South was “self-conscious enough and sufficiently insulated to be thought of as a separate province.” Echoing the…

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Today in Southern History: Government-Giving

Today in Southern History: Government-Giving

7 December 1831  On this date in 1831… Indian Commissioners met with the Choctaw and the Chickasaw on Oaka Knoxabee Creek to again discuss the possibility of the Chickasaw sharing areas in the Indian Territory that had been set aside for the Choctaw. Both the tribes object to the government’s attempt to shortchange the original…

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Today in Southern History: The Washington Monument

Today in Southern History: The Washington Monument

6 December 1884  On this date in 1884… Workers placed the 3,300 pound marble capstone on the Washington Monument, completing construction of the 555-foot Egyptian-styled obelisk in Washington D.C. Other Years: 1833 – Confederate Colonel and “Gray Ghost” John S. Mosby was born in Powhatan County, Virginia.  1865 The 13th Amendment to the United States…

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Today in Southern History: The Lost Squadron

Today in Southern History: The Lost Squadron

5 December 1945  On this date in 1945… Flight 19, the “Lost Squadron” of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared off the coast of Florida disappeared during a training flight in the Bermuda Triangle. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat assumed…

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Why James Madison Hated Democracy

Why James Madison Hated Democracy

The Liberty Conservative – Why was James Madison so critical of democracies? Moreover, why was he so concerned about them when, according to the definition he provided, “democracies” basically don’t exist anywhere, either in his time or in our own. Today, many conservatives like to claim that “the Founding Fathers” opposed democracy and supported less…

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Gen. Robert Hatton members attend Wilson County Veterans Day parade

Gen. Robert Hatton members attend Wilson County Veterans Day parade

Lebanon Democrat: Members of Gen. Robert Hatton Chapter 329 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy attended the Wilson County Veterans Day parade and program Nov. 11 at the Wilson County Veterans Plaza.  Wilson County veterans, the city of Lebanon and Wilson County sponsored the event. After the event, Hatton members conducted a brief business…

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